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Services | Lofts I specialise in loft conversions, this is the field that I first started working in at the age of 17, many years ago. Over the years I have been involved in the building of hundreds of loft conversion, both working for other companies and here in my own. Of course there are many diverse trades involved in building a loft conversion, for one, you have steel erectors, carpenters, bricklayers, plasterers, roofers, decorators, window fitters to name but a few and although when I first started it was in the role of Carpenter, I have over the years through want of further education and sometimes just necessity become involved in, and very competent at most of the trade involved. We won't just build your loft conversion for you unless that is all you want us to do. We will be there right from the beginning. I can advise you on design, size, building regs and planning, and then of course build it for you. Survey and Design Whether you opt for our fully-inclusive offering, a structural only/DIY package, or our bespoke loft conversion service, all of our projects start with the initial design process. After carrying out a provisional survey on your home, one of our professional surveyors will advise you on what’s possible from your existing loft space and home layout. The proposed design will take into account your specific requirements together with what’s feasible from the space available in your loft. The main factors to consider when planning a loft conversion are: Access requirements - Where to position a staircase to provide the optimum and most natural arrangement Daylight - What types of windows are necessary or desired? Where are the views surrounding the property? Room layouts - How many rooms do you want to create in your loft?Determine the optimum size, layout and services for any bathrooms Alterations – Does the loft conversion have an impact on any other features of the property? Electrical/water services – Will alterations to existing services be required to accommodate the new facilities? Our surveyor will be able to advise you on all of the above aspects and others when carrying out the survey on your property. Quotations We know that cost is often the single biggest concern when it comes to making a decision on any significant home alteration, so we aim to be as concise as possible when preparing quotations. Our formal quote for your loft conversion will be based on the information gathered during the survey, and will be determined by the overall size of the area being converted, the number of rooms being created, the amount and type of windows required, and the extent of services needing connecting to the new space. Dormer Windows or Velux ® Windows? Another big decision to make on any loft conversion is which type of window to use, and how many. Velux Roof Windows will typically let more light into a room than a dormer window, and larger combinations of Velux Roof Windows can create a much greater feeling of space while not affecting the external roofline of the property. However, dormers are still a very popular choice for loft conversions. A dedicated member of our design team will work with you to determine the best window arrangement for your loft conversion. Planning Permission Ahead of starting the work, our team will consult your local authority’s planning regulations, and if required will submit a formal planning application on your behalf. It’s worth noting here that the majority of loft conversions do not require planning permission, thanks to a recent change in national planning laws. However, if your project does require permission, our team will handle the paperwork and will work with you and the local authority to accommodate any conditions or changes imposed (if applicable) as part of the permission. Building Regulations All of our loft conversions are carried out in accordance with local authority building regulations. As the UK’s only truly national loft conversion company, we use a network of nationally approved independent inspectors who ensure all of our projects comply with current building regulations, wherever they may be. Types of Loft Conversion Introduction Loft conversions fall into one of four basic types, which type you decide to use for your loft conversion will depend on many factors such as the design of your existing roof, your budget, planning restrictions and your own personal preferences. Velux Velux and rooflight conversions are the same, Velux are the leading manufacturer of roof windows and with over 60 years experience producing windows the name Velux has become synonymous with this type of conversion. This type of conversion is generally very cost effective and does not normally need planning permission. Dormer A dormer is an extension to the existing roof, allowing for additional floor space and headroom within the loft conversion. Dormers protrude from the roof slope, normally at the rear of the property and can be built in a variety of styles. Internally, a dormer will have a horizontal ceiling and vertical walls compared to the normal diagonal sides of a conversion. In lofts that have limited space or headroom a dormer will provide additional space that can make a conversion feasible. Mansard A mansard roof has two slopes, the lower slope is close to vertical at 72 degrees and the top section of the roof is almost horizontal. This style of roof is named after a 17th-century French architect Francois Mansart (1598-1666) who used this design of roof on many of his buildings. A mansard roof has the advantage of maximising the available space within your loft. Hip to Gable A hip to gable conversion involves making fairly major changes to the roof. The gable wall is built up to the ridge line and a new section of roof is built to fill in the gap. As a general rule, houses with hip roofs tend to not have enough internal volume for a conversion to be practical so a hip to gable conversion is the best solution.
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